Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution? –Groucho Marx

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My wife and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary yesterday. You may think that, unlike the 50th, a 48th wedding anniversary is no big deal — and I wouldn’t disagree. But, being in need of an idea for this post, I wasn’t about to look a gift source in the mouth; thus, yesterday’s anniversary became my inspiration to write about….divorce.

Ha ha — just kidding (my wife might kill me if I were serious). This post will, of course, be about MARRIAGE….a fate which, as fates go, beats being killed (almost) any day. Ha ha ha. Just kidding again! Lest there be any doubt concerning my true feelings about marriage:

Yes, just as in the song, ask the local gentry, and they will say it’s elementary. But why stop with the local gentry? I believe my readers are nothing if not broad minded:

Marriage is the most licentious of human institutions — that is the secret of its popularity. –George Bernard Shaw

Getting married, like getting hanged, is a great deal less dreadful than it has been made out. –H. L. Mencken

It’s no disgrace for a woman to make a mistake in marrying — every woman does it. –Ed Howe

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. –Michel de Montaigne

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes. –J. B. Priestley

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. –Prince Philip

Marriage is a feminine plot to add to a man’s responsibilities and subtract from his rights. –Evan Esar

Before marriage, a man declares he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won’t even lay down his paper to talk to you. –Helen Rowland

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. –Honore de Balzac

I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her. –Rodney Dangerfield

Ha ha ha ha….I mean, Yes, dear — I’m listening. Seriously.



24 comments on “MARRIAGE TO A-MUSE

  1. painkills2 says:

    48 years is quite an accomplishment… for your wife. 😀

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  2. Carmen says:

    Congrats to both of you! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. linnetmoss says:

    Congratulations to you both! I have noticed that the Irish love mordant jokes about marriage:
    An Irishman surprised his wife and her lover in the act.
    He grabbed a pistol and pointed it at his head, which made his wife burst out laughing.
    “What do you think you’re laughing at,” he cried, “you’re next.”

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  4. arekhill1 says:

    Lucky you, Sr. Muse. If you added my years of marriage to yours, you’d be at 50 exactly.


  5. Congratulations…48 years is quite an accomplishment.

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  6. Don Frankel says:

    Congratulations to you and Mrs. Muse and as you just pointed out, you remembered it.


  7. I’m never sure if a marriage is an accomplishment, but yours certainly has been long. Warmest wishes as you celebrate!

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  8. mistermuse says:

    Thanks, Cynthia. Some say you have to work to make marriage work, so in that sense, I guess it is an accomplishment (though I don’t think of it as work!). 🙂

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  9. Jane says:

    Congratulations on surviving 48 years! 😉 There are some ripper quotes there and I’m looking forward to using them myself on occasion. Thanks for the laughs! 🙂

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  10. mistermuse says:

    Thank you, Jane. One of my favorite tasks in writing posts such as this is doing the research and choosing about ten ‘killer’ quotes (those which, paradoxically, are the “surviving” finalists from the hundreds available). 🙂

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  11. Garfield Hug says:

    Congratulations mistermuse to you and yours!! Diamond anniversary is around the corner…so plan a big party and a great gift for Mrs😊

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  12. mistermuse says:

    Well, first I’ve got to make it to our Golden (50th) Anniversary! 🙂 As for a great gift for the Mrs., I’m thinking what could be better than a furball Garfield? My bank account tells me a diamond wouldn’t be appropriate until our Diamond (60th) Anniversary….ha ha.


  13. Mél@nie says:

    admiration and respect, Sir… send you my very best: health, joy, love and long life together… sincerely, Mélanie NB

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  14. mistermuse says:

    Thank you, Mél@nie — my best to you as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Wow! Some people are blessed to meet that one person who will complement them and are willing to work on the marriage no matter what. Congratulations to you both and I wish you the best.

    How I wish I was fortunate enough… but I have given up on that institution.
    I have accepted the fact that I’m a frog picker so I will shy away from that and say never again.


    ❤ BP

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  16. mistermuse says:

    The old saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” may be an iffy proposition when it comes to marriage, but as one who got it right the first time, who am I to judge? So I will shy away from “never again” as an absolute….but if that’s what it’s come to in your case, more power to you! 🙂


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